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“Freshest fish, oysters & seafood galore”

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
Ranked #6 of 204 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street
Description: Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Stopped in around 6:30PM on Halloween to find staff dressed in costumes, a neat touch. Ordered nice Belvederte martini for me and a Cosmo for a friend. For dinner I had the pan fried scallops with a mandarin wasabi sauce, which I shouldn't have ordered, as I can't take hot foods. There were plenty of other choices for sauces. The meal was served with mashed red potatoes and asparagus cooked just to crisp, and a little side of sweet potatoes in maple syrup. All excellent.
My dining partner had the haddock piccata and love it; big piece of fish, same sides.
Very perky staff made the evening relaxing. You can dine at the bar if you wish.
Meal and 2 drinks came to about $ 73, so $90 with the tip for the capable servers.
Sorry I don't know about reservations, etc. But do go, you'll like it-

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I cannot share the enthusiasm of other reviewers about this restaurant which we found to be pretty average at best. We did not have to wait and were seated on arrival. It might have been because it was the night of the first presidential debate.
Service appeared indifferent with a fairly long wait ( wine finished before arrival of main course) .
Food was slopped on the table upon serving..
It tasted O.K. but definately not memorable. Adequate portion sizes.
In a two week vacation with regular meals ( mostly chosen through TA reviews) this easily made the bottom three.
Maybe we should have had the Scallops!

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I had read a trusted restaurant review on Jumpin' Jay's before traveling to Portsmouth. It was a Sunday when we arrived and did not expect to need a reservation as streets were quiet of tourists by early evening. A local merchant suggested we go and put in a reservation, which we did. Reservations needed; the place was packed by 7 p.m. Two of us had the scallops. Though everything was superb, the scallops were outstanding...truly. Huge, cooked to perfection. Another nice feature is that the menu states where the seafood was caught. Scallops came from Georges Bank.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Lovely, lively restaurant serving great food. This was a recommendation from Bob at The Govenor's House and it was a great suggestion

Thank Richard W
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The service was very nice and the scallops were superb. The toffee dessert is worth getting, but you probably want to split it. The pasta was slightly overcooked and the asparagus was slightly undercooked, but we would go again for the diver scallops.

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Thank ResearcherMD
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